The Bechdel-Wallace test

The Bechdel-Wallace test

Back in 1985, Alison Bechdel had the characters of her cartoon strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, jokingly make a gender equality ‘test’ for films. 33 years later, the Bechdel (or Bechdel-Wallace, to give credit to her friend Liz Wallace for the idea) test is...
Gender parity in publisher PR

Gender parity in publisher PR

Women write genre books. Publishers publish those books. Readers read those books. So why are women still underrepresented in the adult SFF market? Why do they not feature on more recommended lists? Why does the community not discuss their books with as great a...
Gender swapping

Gender swapping

The new Ghostbusters film is not alone, almost every week we hear of a new franchise reboot or cult film remake with a gender-swapped cast. From turning Splash into the tale of a merman to an Ocean’s Eleven reboot with a full cast of women, it appears as though...